Gypsy meets tango
The music we play involves two different styles: gypsy and tango, whose blending gives rise to unique genre characterized by the passion and the euphoria coming from gypsy music and the melancholy and nostalgia from Argentinian tango.
Our music is sensitive and descriptive for it brings to mind the life experiences of Eastern European gypsies by means of chords and sounds that spring from Argentinian tango.
The songs, either sung in Romani and Russian or only instrumental, create a colourful palette of sounds which give testimony of gypsy stories and scenarios portraying: a spring morning, gatherings around the fire, cold evenings and the galloping of distant horses. They also describe the wind, dances, loves and dreams. Everything is there calling upon you to feel…
Having a passionate way of interpreting rather than an academic one, he developed a great ability in the art of strings – Guitar, Balalaika, Bouzouki, Violin, Tambura, Saz and Mandolina–, which gave flavour to his balkanic, oriental and gypsy interpretations. He took part in Greek, Arabian, Jewish and Armenian bands (I-Xenites, Mikonos Ensemble, Sefardí Ensamble). In 2004 founded the gypsy tango band Zingaros with David Macchione.
Music Professor. He studied violin at the Suzuki oriented school and musical composition at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. He made incursions into various popular styles (like tango and Argentine folklore music). He performed as a guest musician with well-known artists, such as León Gieco and The Calligaris. In 2004 founded the gypsy tango band Zingaros with Alejandro Montero.
Of Basque descent, he started his musical studies at the ages of 6. He developed a special interest in accordion at the San Sebastian Conservatory. Besides Basque music, he also ventured into other styles to expand his repertoire, like musettes, czardas and tango. He settled down in Argentina in 1991. At present, he teaches accordion at Collegium, Córdoba, Argentina.